Match-fixing suspect contests detention order

Match-fixing suspect contests detention order

SINGAPORE - Dan Tan Seet Eng, the alleged ringleader of an international match-fixing syndicate, is contesting his detention without trial.

Represented by lawyer Hamidul Haq, Tan last month filed a court order seeking a judicial review of his detention.

He has been in detention since last October, after being nabbed in an islandwide raid conducted by police and anti-graft officers on Sept 17.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed with The Straits Times yesterday that an application for a review of the detention had been received. "The application is now being processed by the Attorney-General's Chambers," she added.

Tan, who is reportedly also wanted in Italy and Hungary, has been labelled by Interpol as the "leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate". The Singaporean businessman's alleged ring is said to have rigged over 150 matches in countries including Hungary, Finland and Nigeria.

The order to detain him was issued by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which allows for suspects to be detained without trial.

In a written reply to parliamentary questions, he explained last October that the Act is used "as a last resort in cases where accomplices and witnesses dare not testify against criminals in court, for fear of reprisal". Detention orders are reviewed annually.

Tan's lawyer Hamidul, from Rajah & Tann, told The Straits Times last night: "His detention should be reviewed by the courts as such cases (referring to match-fixing cases) should not be within the domain of detention without trial."

This article was first published on September 17, 2014.
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